Today, preparatory to the events on Michigan Day at Antietam, a number of us had the privilege of visiting the Monocacy National Battlefield to see and hear about the 1862 Michigan connections at that place. NPS Ranger Tracy Evans gave a brilliant presentation of 'Michigan and Lost Orders 191', followed by seeing the document on loan from the National Archives in the visitor center. (Word to the wise: check out this park and VC, it's really worth it!) Then a smaller group made our way up the National Pike and onto Reno Monument Road to visit the ground where the 17th Michigan Infantry fought and earned their "Stonewall Regiment" nickname, and where the State Historical Marker is located. Then back down the incline toward Antietam NBP, going through some back road places that are just beautiful. And, finally, onto the actual Antietam ground where the 7th Michigan Infantry went into action, followed by a trip to the Sunken Road where Richardson went down.
A great preparatory day, all in all!